Sustainability Transformations, Environmental Rule of Law and the Indian Judiciary: Connecting the Dots through Climate Change Litigation

Gill, Gita and Ramachandran, Gopichandran (2021) Sustainability Transformations, Environmental Rule of Law and the Indian Judiciary: Connecting the Dots through Climate Change Litigation. Environmental Law Review. ISSN 1461-4529 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/14614529211031203

Abstract

There is an urgency to address societal challenges due to earth’s environmental crisis and its capacity to sustain human well-being. In this context, ‘transformations towards sustainability’ move to centre-stage and are increasingly institutionalised within global scientific and policy discourses. Sustainability transformations involve reorientation and restructuring of governance processes and actions. Though the governance of transformation involves multiple actors, this article examines the role of the judiciary in steering a transformation process towards a sustainable and equitable future. Judicial intervention, as a strategic tool, can effect change in human action thereby enabling deliberate and incremental transformative change. Drawing on social science literature, the article offers a novel interdisciplinary analysis of illustrative Indian climate change legal decisions located within the sustainability transformations discourse underpinned by the environmental rule of law. The Indian judiciary, noted for expansive thinking, and acting as a ‘lever of transformation’, is slowly addressing climate cases. These cases categorised as- climate conscious, climate accountability and climate futurity- reflect progressive cumulative outcomes, albeit incremental, but they nevertheless enable conditions for transformative change.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2021 10:12
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2021 07:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46493

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